Maséqua Myers first walked into the South Side Community Art Center at the age of sixteen. It was in this Bronzeville brownstone that she first took African dance classes, in addition to literary and poetry workshops. Myers went on to become an actress and director, performing in Chicago venues like the Victory Gardens Theatre and the Goodman Theatre from the late sixties through 1982. She also served as one of the first teaching artists to work in Chicago Public Schools through Urban Gateways. She and her husband took a twenty-five year break from Chicago to direct, produce, and perform in Phoenix, Arizona and then Los Angeles before family responsibilities called them home to the South Side. Late in 2014, Myers was asked to become the new Executive Director of the SSCAC. The Weekly spoke to Myers on the Art Center’s third floor and production space, just two days after the opening of their first exhibit of 2016, titled “Bridging Generations: Strong Men Getting Stronger.”
I would rather see them with a paintbrush than with a weapon in their hand.
That’s what my grandma always tells me. Talk first.
Reverend Dr. Marcenia Richards is the founder and executive director of Fierce Women of Faith, an interfaith initiative of women promoting peace throughout Chicago. Wrapped in their signature pink pashminas, members of FWF gather on Tuesday mornings for prayer vigils around the city and advocate for peace. Richards founded the coalition about a year ago, after serving as the director of Saint Sabina’s Peace Coalition Against Violence, where she found women had a limited presence in nonviolence organizing in Chicago. Richards says that about two-hundred Chicagoland women actively participate in FWF’s work. They categorize their work into five pillars: increasing public witness to prevent violence, training advocates for peace, pursuing legislation, driving the enforcement of nonviolence, and deepening partnerships with organizations engaged in this work. Dr. Marcenia Richards spoke with the Weekly on a recent Saturday morning shortly after her return from the World Alliance of Religions for Peace in Seoul, South Korea. Continue reading
I am saddened first and foremost by Lewis’s health, and I join countless Chicagoans in holding this seemingly fearless leader in our thoughts as she undergoes treatment and recovery in the coming months. I am saddened too by Lewis’s temporary absence from Chicago politics and dialogue, and by the opportunities that she will miss in the coming months to deepen her imprint on Chicago’s political landscape.
With summer fast approaching, we’re all thinking about how we will while away the scorching days ahead. The South Side Weekly turned to Chicago City of Learning for opportunities available to kids this summer. Continue reading
A lawyer by education and a Christian by birth, Khaleelah, forty-two, now works in community development and is a practicing Muslim. Continue reading
Today is a carefree kind of day,” Kimmerly Hayes said, sitting in her office at Way of Truth Baptist Church in Marquette Park. Continue reading
But when them red lights came on in the recording studio, it was like a bell ringing in a boxing match and I did it.” Continue reading
“People need to know the history of where you stand and where you are.” With those words, Jeanette Taylor set the tone of the Bronzeville Education Summit, a gathering of neighborhood students, parents, and teachers held at Mollison Elementary on January 20. Taylor has a son at Mollison and serves on the Local School Council; she also works with the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO), which organized the summit. “We have not overcome,” said Taylor, acknowledging the event’s timing on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. “But we’re coming.” Continue reading